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Old 10-20-2012, 02:37 PM   #1
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Cleaning the inside windshield and rear windshield

Man, I don't think they could make it more difficult. As far as reaching the steep slope, I've used the invisible glass hand cleaner tool



But it only worked so-so. I've used microfiber cloths, paper towels, and the blue workshop towels. I've used Invisible Glass, ArmorAll... a variety of glass cleaners. No matter how I clean it I am ALWAYS left with streaks. The inside gets really bad when the chemicals from the dash cook off in the sun.

Anyone have a pro-tip on how best clean these steep slopes and what to use?
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Old 10-20-2012, 02:44 PM   #2
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I do use the same one you have there, but I always make sure my towels are clean because a towel that was not clean right will leave streaks on any glass. Here's a " How To " from our section of guides that will help you.
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Old 10-20-2012, 02:49 PM   #3
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First, gather your materials. A good glass cleaner (Meg's D120, Stoners, Adam's, etc.) good glass cloth (Dragon Fiber cloth) and a plush microfiber cloth (I like Zaino Blonde here).

For the windshield, get in the passenger seat and kind of lie down. This will give you a comfortable angle at which to use your right hand to clean the window. Spray the cloth, then wipe the window. Immediately buff dry with your plush cloth to prevent streaks.

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Old 10-22-2012, 09:51 AM   #4
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First, gather your materials. A good glass cleaner (Meg's D120, Stoners, Adam's, etc.) good glass cloth (Dragon Fiber cloth) and a plush microfiber cloth (I like Zaino Blonde here).

For the windshield, get in the passenger seat and kind of lie down. This will give you a comfortable angle at which to use your right hand to clean the window. Spray the cloth, then wipe the window. Immediately buff dry with your plush cloth to prevent streaks.

Works wonders.

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Excellent advice!

With interior glass I usually go over it at least twice, particularly the front and rear glass.
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:11 AM   #5
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Backlite

When cleaning your backlite on the inside do not use anything that could corrode metal. The heater grid is made of silver oxide and it will be damaged.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:24 AM   #6
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I've got nothing to add except I like to clean the windows on the inside in one direction (up down), and the windows on the outside in another direction (right left), so that if there are streaks, I know which side they are coming from.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:51 PM   #7
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I've got nothing to add except I like to clean the windows on the inside in one direction (up down), and the windows on the outside in another direction (right left), so that if there are streaks, I know which side they are coming from.

Thats actually an incredibly useful tip...

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Old 12-31-2012, 12:52 PM   #8
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First, gather your materials. A good glass cleaner (Meg's D120, Stoners, Adam's, etc.) good glass cloth (Dragon Fiber cloth) and a plush microfiber cloth (I like Zaino Blonde here).

For the windshield, get in the passenger seat and kind of lie down. This will give you a comfortable angle at which to use your right hand to clean the window. Spray the cloth, then wipe the window. Immediately buff dry with your plush cloth to prevent streaks.

Works wonders.

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Great, off to buy more stuff because of one of your posts! LOL

Thanks again for all of the help
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:15 PM   #9
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Thats actually an incredibly useful tip...

Thank you!
Haha glad to help. Streaks, especially window streaks, are insanely frustrating. Finding a method to deal with them helps my details go much smoother
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:42 PM   #10
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Todd was on the money with the cleaning them twice suggestion. Invisible glass actually says this on the bottle. If I clean mine just once I have streaks, but if I clean them twice I rarely have any. No matter how clean I thought I got the first time, I still have streaks unless I clean them again. Of course they're really filmed up by the time I clean them because inside glass is my least favorite thing to clean.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:02 PM   #11
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Cleaning tip

Fantastic cleaning tip
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:04 PM   #12
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The key is getting them completely DRY with the towels after you apply the cleaner. If there is ANY liquid film at all still present on the class surface when you quit wiping it will show up as streaks. Basically what you need to do is "polish" off the cleaner the same way you'd take wax off the paint.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:10 PM   #13
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Great, off to buy more stuff because of one of your posts! LOL

Thanks again for all of the help
I always have too laugh at all the "stuff" everyone here on camaro5 runs out and buys at every suggestion.
Nothing cleans glass better than Windex and newspaper. Start with a damp or wet cotton towel to
remove most of the film. Then follow up with Windex and newspaper and any streaks will be gone.
Old fashioned and guaranteed.
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Clean when windshield is cool and unexposed to direct sun. I have best luck with clean paper towels as most other cloths are treated and those washed in your dryer may have chemicals from fabric softners and the like which will streak big time.
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Clean when windshield is cool and unexposed to direct sun. I have best luck with clean paper towels as most other cloths are treated and those washed in your dryer may have chemicals from fabric softners and the like which will streak big time.

This ^^ along with many of the other suggestions, although I don't use paper towels. I prefer lint free paint prepping wipes, disposable so no washing chemicals to worry about and they are very soft. They are white, and you will not get streak free until you can wipe that window and have them stay perfectly white. Then wipe again with another clean towel.
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Honestly though my biggest problem is how awkward it is to get into all of the corners. The back window might even be worse than the front!

I cleaned it yesterday with windex and a "window" microfiber. It seemed to work OK but it still isn't perfect. Can't stand the film and lint that just attaches itself to the window.
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I always have too laugh at all the "stuff" everyone here on camaro5 runs out and buys at every suggestion.
Nothing cleans glass better than Windex and newspaper. Start with a damp or wet cotton towel to
remove most of the film. Then follow up with Windex and newspaper and any streaks will be gone.
Old fashioned and guaranteed.
Laugh away, I just hope you're using ammonia-free Windex product.

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Old 01-04-2013, 02:15 PM   #18
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I always have too laugh at all the "stuff" everyone here on camaro5 runs out and buys at every suggestion.
Nothing cleans glass better than Windex and newspaper. Start with a damp or wet cotton towel to
remove most of the film. Then follow up with Windex and newspaper and any streaks will be gone.
Old fashioned and guaranteed.
I'm running out to buy a newspaper!
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:15 PM   #19
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I learned about using newspaper when i was in Marine boot camp. It worked fine. I still prefer to use invisible glass and a towel for windows. I'm so OCD that if I get smudges or anything on my windows I will pull over and clean them. Carrying newspaper in my car would be to troublesome.
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